Don’t allow football celebration to turn violent

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Police and council chiefs in St Helens are backing a drive to curb the expected rise in domestic violence during the World Cup.

Figures show attacks on women increase during the tournament, due in part in increased alcohol consumption.

Research by Women’s Aid indicates there can be a 25 per cent rise in domestic abuse incidents when England play.

Coun Richard McCauley, cabinet member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, said: “The World Cup is a fabulous occasion – and everyone should have the right to enjoy it peacefully.”

The campaign will include TV and radio adverts.